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Painting in the Sky #1

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Painting in the Sky #1
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

Me and Amit were on the terrace yesterday evening, thanks to a alarm raised by Mom – “There’s a great sunset boys, where’s the camera?”

Sheer beauty is how I would define this scene. I could not help but gaze into the distant sunset with awe, then I remembered why I was there – and took a few photos :)

There are more, click on this one and go back in the Flickr photostream a bit…

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July 31, 2005 at 10:36 am

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Education: Studies going on…

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I am sometimes unsure about one thing. Just one thing. Whether I will be in teh field of computers or photography. I am personally more inclined to photography since it is an art and I believe that I am better at art than with numbers.

As for practicing photography, I have done a little less in the past few days as Amit is here and I like to see him put his photography skills to use :) He’s a creative person and always gets new crazy ideas to make a frame look great. So I leave the camera in his hands. But but but… I have a photo to share :) Here it is…

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Oh, and programming for me isn’t an alien thing. I’ve been programming since many years now and I can realize almost any idea or concept inside the computer… as long as it does not demand too complex calculations :P My brain coredumps when it comes to mathematics. period. Everything else (example: visualizing 3 dimensional complex structures inside my head and speak about how nice the wheather is at the same time) is possible. Ok, if it seems like an exaggeration, come down to Ahmednagar and have a chat with me :-P You’ll also get free tea! **snicker**

Enough kidding… I need to figure out whether I am going to join Fergusson College in Pune next year for a Bachelor’s in Photography. I have a whole year – which will pass by so damn soon that I’ll probably still be wondering when 365 days are over… unless of course, I run into some situation that enlightens me about my future!

I am less worried about other things like a good job – because I will be able to get good opportunities. I am sure because 1. I believe in God. 2. I believe in myself. Simple as that :)

Hmm… anything else does not even bother me :P I’m a happy man. Just a little low at the moment. Will be fine soon! Oh and I must prepare for India’s Independence Day – 15th August is close by! :D

….. update after a few hours (11:30 PM) …..

Pritam, Amit and yours truly are sitting in our room, lit by a really dim light pointing towards the ceiling, making it even softer. My mood is mellow, both my brothers are making fun of my slowness today :P We are (or rather, I am) listening to nice music from Sixpence None the Richer and talking about Pritam’s short adventure in the hostel. Yeah, he was there for a month, and came back because he just could not digest the little food they gave :( anyways, he is recovering and spending all the energy into yapping into our ears!

Just a while ago Pritam was telling about his teacher who pronounces “breathtaking” as “breathe-taking” and Amit added a sentence… “Mumbai has hardly any breathe-taking scenes since you can hardly breathe there!” (thanks to the pollution/humidity) Though you might not find it very hilarious, it did make me giggle a while :D Something is missing.

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July 29, 2005 at 9:22 pm

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Fields of Weed

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Fields of Weed
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

Wild grass and weed growing all over the bed of the Kapurwadi lake. It was completely dry when I visited a little less than a week ago.

Though it has rained heavily for last 3 days, I am doubtful how much water has been retained.

The rains that were being elusive for a while a eyar ago are now creating havoc in the state. Fun! Fun! Not really though, the Pune-Mumbai expressway is closed due to landslide. Raigad is hit by landslide, dozens of people have died.

Many people are affected by floods… it’s getting me curious, has the Kapurwadi Lake received any water yet? WIll check out soon!

…oh and by the way, I’m in Pune today.

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July 27, 2005 at 1:34 am

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Flickr: Touch

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Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

Is this photo a mistake or a great photo?

Common photography mistakes include:

1. Poor lighting
2. No tripod
3. Poor focus

Now, it’s not necessarily a mistake if you decide to use these factors in the making of a photo… for example this photo has used all three mistakes to make it have that soft touch. Thanks to Amit for photographing. Published with permission.

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July 24, 2005 at 4:10 am

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Blackout Experiments

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Blackout Experiments
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

The ‘load shedding’ continues in Maharashtra…

Here’s a photo made with the following equipment: Mosquito net, flashlight from my Nokia 1100 cellphone, Nikon E2000 and of course me, amit and our combined creativity… special thanks to MSEB for causing the blackout – and making us think of ways to kill time.

We successfully passed 2 hours of our lives in the darkness. Wow, I came 120 minutes nearer to death while I was trying to kill time!

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July 19, 2005 at 12:12 pm

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No Electricity = No Boredom

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No Electricity = No Boredom
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

Interesting stuff is going on, in the photo gallery… ;-)

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July 17, 2005 at 9:27 am

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Geek Gadgets: ADSL 2+ or Cellphone with GPRS

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I’m thinking and contemplating on this – I need to save money for my future. However, I need broadband Internet. The easiest way is to get ADSL 2+, the Sancharnet’s DataOne facility and get 256kbps speed at 500 INR per month. It needs initial investment of around 2,500 to 3,000 INR.

Now, the issue with it is – it has a throughput limit of 1GB/month. I’m not a little boy using it only to check email, I need it for internet telephony and probably using webcamera once in a while… and that takes helluvalodof bandwidth.

As of now, using 56kbps dialup modem, I cross 4GB/month throughput on an average, with peak crossing 6GB/month. I’m sure I’d be ripped apart by the bill after the first month itself! — because they charge 2 INR per MB after the initial 1 GB limit. Pathetic!

Okay, so here’s Plan B, I spend more, save less in the first shot and get a GPRS enabled phone, get GPRS connection, which is again, 500 INR per month, BUT the throughput rate is unlimited… the issue is not with the throughput, however bandwidth is an issue… ya know, they always tell GPRS is always on and high speed blah blah… it’s all marketing gimmicks. It’s more like an ‘instant on’ connection, that gets connected within single-digit seconds and can range from reallllly slow to pretty fast, depending on how many people are using their cellphones. If the network gets clogged, your connection gets slow, or worse, drops completely. And, there is NO guarantee that if you are getting high speed for this minute, that you will get it later.

Of course, I chall be getting a Nokia 6600 / 6620 preferably a 6620, so that I can use EDGE – which is faster way of connecting than GPRS, but I’m not holding my breath for it ;) And those phones have large screens, and I can also get a browser so I have complete internet on my palm. Neat huh?

As one might guess, there’s a big compromise here. One it’s the finances – I get to save in teh beginning, however I’m almost sure, I’ll be losing all that money to my first month’s bill for DataOne – because I crossed the limit. And I’m not interested in buying a 1,000 INR plan either – it’s just as bad to spend all that money!

Then, I can choose to use GPRS/EDGE and get a brand spanking new cellphone and highspeed connection and still pay less monthly compared to DataOne. But hey! I need quite a sum of money for buying the fancy cellphone! So that’ll mean, my account dries up soon and in a flash but does not get much beating later on…

Any suggestions? I’m almost deciding on the GPRS/EDGE way…

*sigh* NOW I read that note on my wall – “Thinking out loud can be injurious to other people’s attention span. – Harshad S”

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July 7, 2005 at 4:20 am

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More Good News

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I’m Pro on Flickr! Yay! It’s been a little over 24 hours, and I’m happy :D (just click on photos link above to check it out)

That means you will be able to get 1024×768 for most of my photographs, and hopefully even better resolution for photos posted after a month…

After one month? Yep, I’m planning on getting broadband – DataOne by Sancharnet, the same ISP I have dialup from. Looks like they fixed all their issues, I’ve got really great service today. I was having the most ugliest crappiest service for the last 2 to 3 weeks. It seems to have magically improved now.

Other than that, I got a phone call from a friend from Wipro, it’s nice to hear from friends. So guys, I also heard that you are using a few of my photos as wallpapers ;) go ahead, they are all yours :D I’m glad you found them useful.

I’m working on two website design projects, they both are interesting, and challenging. It’s taking a bit more time than I expected, since I also have to manage my studies – which is top priority, along with my other stuff. One of the websites will be ready by the end of the next week… about 8 days from today. The other project is too large for setting an estimate date. :P

In general, I’m being productive and also getting nice returns for the same. And I’m enjoying life, feeling happier than usual. More confident, more determined about my future.

Hmm… that’s about it :) have fun!!

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July 2, 2005 at 4:05 am

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Poem: Unexpected

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You stood at the door
Of my heart
Knocked my frozen mind
Out of a deep deep sleep

I needed you
Your words, your voice,
Soothe my soul
Make me believe
I'm not alone

Your thought
Is all that it takes
To make me smile
And I miss you wher youre
Gone for a while

Nothing can change
My feelings for you
My Love
It's you… forever
And a little more too

Thanks for the love
You gave me today, its
Gonna last me
All the way

Harshad Sharma
2 June 2005.
12:30 AM

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July 2, 2005 at 2:17 am

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